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  • Long Lines Are Back at Apple Stores for 10th Anniversary IPhone

    November 2, 2017 4:25 PM 149

    Long lines have already begun to form outside Apple Inc. stores around the world, a sign of strong demand for the company’s 10th anniversary model iPhone X, its most important product launch in years. Beginning Thursday night locally, giant crowds and long lines surrounded Apple’s retail stores in Singapore, Japan, and Australia, recalling the throngs

  • App developer access to iPhone X face data spooks some privacy experts

    November 2, 2017 5:10 AM 113

    SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple's privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to build entertainment features for iPhone X customers

  • Facebook crushes Q3 earnings but warns that future profit will slow

    November 1, 2017 10:44 PM 111

    Facebook blew past Wall Street's third-quarter financial targets on Wednesday but cautioned that future profitability will be impacted by increased investments around its efforts to fight fake news and abuse. The increasing spending, which Facebook executives elaborated on during the conference call with analysts on Wednesday, drove Facebook's shares

  • MORGAN STANLEY: Apple's iPhone X could steal nearly $30 billion in holiday spending from other companies (AAPL)

    November 1, 2017 3:29 PM 103

    The iPhone X is the most expensive phone Apple has ever made, which could be bad news for retailers during the all-important holiday season. The high price of the new iPhone, coupled with increased demand in a "supercycle" of upgrades could mean holiday shoppers have less money than usual to spend on other categories, such as clothing. "Apparel is a wallet

  • Best Buy won't let customers buy the iPhone X outright in response to complaints that it charged a $100 fee

    November 1, 2017 11:16 AM 100

    Hell hath no fury like that of an angry consumer with a Twitter handle. Best Buy learned that the hard way last week after consumers complained on social media about the retailer's decision to charge a $100 premium on the new iPhone X when purchased without a wireless contract. It explained that when it sells a phone already activated on an installment

  • Bluetooth Pairing To Be Faster On Android Phones After Future Update

    November 1, 2017 7:56 AM 119

    Google is trying hard to reduce the time it takes to pair bluetooth devices with Android phones. A new update is going to make pairing some Bluetooth devices much easier. Starting with Google Play Services 11.7 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher, users will be able to take advantage of the new Fast Pair feature. Fast Pair will make the process of pairing

  • Sony's new Aibo pet robot goes on sale tonight in Japan

    November 1, 2017 4:20 AM 128

    It features OLED eyes, wide-angle cameras and will develop a unique personality. After more than a decade away, Sony's Aibo pet robot is making a return. The original dog-like robot launched in 1999, while Sony says its followup is "capable of forming an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing

  • At least 200 feared dead after North Korean nuclear test site tunnel collapses: report

    October 31, 2017 2:22 PM 107

    More than 200 people were believed to have died in North Korea when an underground tunnel at the country’s main nuclear test site collapsed last month after its sixth and most powerful atomic test, a report said Tuesday. The tunnel at the Punggye-ri test site was undergoing construction sometime around Sept. 10, days after the North set off the Sept. 3 nuclear

  • Beijing seen poised for fresh South China Sea assertiveness

    October 31, 2017 1:29 PM 113

    HONG KONG/BEIJING: China has quietly undertaken more construction and reclamation in the South China Sea, recent satellite images show, and is likely to more powerfully reassert its claims over the waterway soon, regional diplomats and military officers say. With global attention focused on North Korea and Beijing engrossed in its Party Congress, tensions

  • The best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals

    October 31, 2017 12:24 PM 95

    The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have now arrived on the scene, and are ready for your money. And we reckon you may well want to spend it on these. The more interesting of the two is the Pixel 2 XL, with its big 6in QuadHD screen and ultra-skinny bezels, whereas the Pixel 2 has a smaller 5in display and a design more in keeping with last year's